Villa Romana Fellows 2014
International Artists Live in Florence
||The Villa Romana Fellows for 2014 have been announced: Ei Arakawa, Sergei Tcherepnin, Natalie Czech, Loretta Fahrenholz, Petrit Halilaj, and Alvaro Urbano
will spend ten months at the artists’ house in Florence. They will have
a studio at their disposal there and will receive a monthly stipend.
This year’s jurors – the artist Jutta Koether and Rein Wolfs, Director of the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany
– chose the winners from ten candidates. The Villa Romana award is the
oldest German art prize and has been supported by Deutsche Bank and its
foundation since 1929.
Since it reopened in 2007, the Villa Romana in Florence has established
itself as an internationally connected forum for contemporary art. This
is reflected by the selection of new fellows. The Japanese artist Ei
Arakawa lives in New York. He stages his performances, in which the
boundaries between the players and the audience dissolve, all over the
world. He often collaborates with other artists, on of whom is the New
York-based composer Sergei Tcherepnin. The two participated in the Globe, the festival held to mark the reopening of the Deutsche Bank Towers in Frankfurt. Arakawa and Tcherepnin are among the artists featured at the current Venice Biennial. Together with Gela Patashuri, they created a sound installation for the Georgian pavilion.
Natalie Czech lives and works in Berlin. In her conceptual photographic
works, she explores interactions between picture and text, poetry and
the fine arts. Loretta Fahrenholz also resides in the German capital.
Her experimental films investigate the economic, cultural, and social
conditions of art and art production.
Petrit Halilaj divides his time between Kosovo, Berlin, and Bozzolo,
Italy. His artistic work has been strongly impacted by the events of
the Kosovo war. In installations, films, and drawings, he engages with
themes such as homeland, memory, and identity. In Venice, he is
currently representing the Republic of Kosovo in the first Biennale
pavilion of the youngest European state. The Madrid-born architect,
artist, curator, and journalist Alvaro Urbano studied at Olafur Eliasson’s Institut für Raumexperimente
(Institute for Spatial Experiments) in Berlin. He cooperates with
Halilaj on various projects. They are the co-editors of the art
With exhibitions, events, and international guest artists, Villa Romana
promotes dialogue between artists and the public, with a focus on
Mediterranean cultures. This summer, the artists’ house will be a guest
at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle. Süden
(South), a two-week art, music, and performance program gives insight
into the work of Villa Romana. The event features artists from Algiers,
Casablanca, Alexandria, and Tirana, and of course the Villa Romana
Fellows for 2013: Shannon Bool, Mariechen Danz, Heide Hinrichs, and Daniel Maier-Reimer.